MLB Rumors

Report suggests Marlins could trade deposed 3B McGehee
by Marty Gitlin |

The deal that sent Martin Prado to the Marlins could result in 2014 surprise Casey McGehee being expendable, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Prado is expected to assume the role of every-day third baseman for Miami. McGehee flashed virtually no power last season, but drove in 76 runs, batted .287 and committed just seven errors.

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Cubs claim Oakland castoff OF Shane Peterson
by Marty Gitlin |

Outfielder Shane Peterson has been claimed by the Cubs a week after being designated for assignment by Oakland.

Peterson managed one hit in seven at-bats for the Athletics in 2013 and has not played since.

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RHP Preston Guilmet receives DFA tag from Pirates
by Marty Gitlin |

Ten weeks after acquiring right-hander Preston Guilmet in a trade from Baltimore, the Pirates have designated him for assignment.

Guilmet has pitched in 14 major league games, all in relief, and yielded 12 runs on 16 hits in 15 2/3 innings.

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Royals send OF Carlos Peguero packing
by Marty Gitlin |

The Royals have released once-promising outfielder Carlos Peguero.

Peguero lost his luster after a strong minor league career in the Seattle system. He has earned just 15 major league at-bats in the last two years combined and owns a career average of .196. The 27 year old is rumored to be interested in playing in Japan.

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Royals agree with OF Rios on option for 2016
by Marty Gitlin |

The Royals could have newly acquired outfielder Alex Rios sticking around for a second season. He has officially signed a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2016.

Rios lost his power in 2014. He hit just four home runs, but still finished with a respectable slash line of .280/.311/.398 and ripped 30 doubles.

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Cubs sign C Ryan Lavarnway, DFA two others
by Marty Gitlin |

The Cubs have claimed former Boston catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers. They have also desginated for assignment right-hander Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins.

Lavarnway was hitless in 10 at-bats for the Red Sox in 2014 after missing extended time with a broken wrist.

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Report: Athletics to release Nick Punto
by Igor Mello |

The Athletics will release infielder Nick Punto, according to  Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday. Punto hit .207/.296/.293 with two home runs, 14 RBI and three stolen bases in 198 at-bats while spending most of his playing time at second base and shortstop in 2014.

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Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis finally set to start
by Marty Gitlin |

Shortstop Freddy Galvis has been waiting for several years for a full-time opportunity from the Phillies and now he's got it. But general manager Ruben Amaro did not exactly give him a ringing endorsement Friday.

"Whether he's earned it or not, we don't know," Amaro told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He has not earned it at the plate. Galvis owns a .218 lifetime batting average and hit a mere .176 with a meager .227 on-base percentage last season.

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Blue Jays claim LHP Juan Oramas off waivers
by Igor Mello |

The Blue Jays have claimed left-handed pitcher Juan Oramas off waivers from the Padres on Friday, per the team's official website. Oramas posted a 5.61 ERA primarily as a starter last season at Triple-A.

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Angels, Royals trade bit players
by Marty Gitlin |

The Angels and Royals have completed a minor swap in which the latter acquired right-hander Brian Broderick for veteran infielder Johnny Giavotella.

Giavotella, who was designated for assignment Thursday, has earned just 78 at-bats in the last two seasons combined. The 28-year-old Broderick pitched in 11 games for Washington in 2011, but has otherwise not hurled in a major league game.

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